South Africa Suspends Poultry Meat Exports

by 5m Editor
20 April 2011, at 8:37am

SOUTH AFRICA - The country has suspended poultry meat exports following an outbreak of avian flu at ostrich farms in the Western Cape.

South Africa is to suspend all exports of poultry meat, reports South African Broadcasting Company. This follows a recent outbreak of Avian flu on five ostrich farms in the Oudtshoorn area in the Western Cape.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersen announced the move during her budget speech in Parliament yesterday. She says avian flu-free compartments will be set up to enable exports of poultry meat to resume as soon as possible.

She said: "The EU countries – if we allowed them to ban our meat, it becomes more difficult to put the meat back on the shelves of those countries. Once the EU has imposed a ban on SA, it could take more than a year for us to regain our status. whereas if we have a self-imposed ban, it does not take us that long to lift the ban."

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.